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Automotive Skills: Ways Alexa Can Make Your Drive Easier, More Fun, and More Relaxing

  • For example, you can say: “Alexa, ask What3words to navigate to cloth grit dice.”   Roadside Assistance The Urgent.ly skill for Alexa is a great way to request roadside assistance for your vehicle with your voice.
  • Simply say, “Alexa, ask ParkWhiz to find parking nearby.” Once Alexa tells you a space's price and distance from your destination, you can book in seconds and pay with Amazon Pay. Parking Rules and Restrictions From now on parking fines are history for you!
  • Simply say, “Alexa, ask ParkWhiz to find parking nearby.” Once Alexa tells you a space's price and distance from your destination, you can book in seconds and pay with Amazon Pay. PayByPhone provides a simple, secure, and convenient way to pay for your parking.

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Alexa, Happy Birthday! 5 Developers Reflect on Voice for Alexa’s 5th Birthday

  • “Five years from now, Alexa will become a truly conversational interface, bringing a lot of disparate skills together into a seamless experience to help the user,” says Arkonovich.
  • Start with simple voice experiences and iterate based on customer feedback and real-world observations.” – Nick Schwab, Founder of Invoked Apps       “It is easy to transition your knowledge of software engineering, web development, or coding to building with Alexa because you’re starting with a great foundation.
  • In honor of Alexa’s birthday, we asked a few skill developers to share their reflections on voice and what it’s been like building with Alexa over the last several years.

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In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) Now Available in France, Italy, and Spain

  • We are delighted to announce that In-Skill Purchasing (ISP) is now generally available for Alexa skills published in France, Italy and Spain!
  • That means you can now earn money by offering premium content in your Alexa skills published in those countries as well.
  • For example, users can purchase virtual game products, unlockable features and add-on content while seamlessly interacting with the voice experience.
  • You define your offering and price, and Alexa handles the voice-first purchasing flow.
  • ISP currently supports one-time purchases for entitlements that unlock access to features or content in your skill, subscriptions that offer access to premium features or content for a period of time, and consumables, which can be purchased, depleted and purchased again.
  • A skill may use different product types together e.g. individual one-time purchases for unlocking specific features/content, and a subscription to unlock all premium features/content.

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Apply for the Alexa Web API for Games Developer Preview

  • Customers can interact with the web app using a variety of modes such as voice through the skill, touch on devices with touch screens, and remotes on Fire TVs. Ticket to Ride, Masamune’s Room, Lemonade Stand, and Goal Scorer are game skills that were built using Alexa Web API for Games: Ticket to Ride (UK, US, FR) and Ticket to Ride Europe (UK, US, FR): New companion game for the popular Ticket to Ride board game by Days of Wonder.
  • With Alexa Web API for Games, you can take advantage of your knowledge of existing web technologies to create high-end voice based games with HTML/CSS/Javascript or 3D experiences with WebGL.
  • Customers can interact with the web app using a variety of modes such as voice through the skill, touch on devices with touch screens, and remotes on Fire TVs. Alexa Web API for Games will be supported on Echo Show devices and select Fire TVs*.

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Premium Experiences Now Available for Kid Skills in the US

  • ISP for kid skills is supported by new tools powered by Alexa, including APIs to help you create premium kid skills, as well as purchase controls that help account holders manage them.
  • Using the Alexa app, parents can enable and disable voice purchasing in kid skills, and can also choose whether they would like to approve each purchase individually.
  • By default, when a user is offered premium content in a kid skill and agrees to purchase, the account holder will receive an SMS or email requesting they approve or decline the transaction within 24 hours.
  • Account holders who want to allow purchases to be made in kid skills but do not wish to receive these approval requests can disable them in the Alexa app, allowing purchases to be made in kid skills without the request for approval.

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Build Gadgets, Games, and Smart Toys with the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit – Now Available Everywhere

  • Defined Interfaces: Build a companion device that responds to Alexa's native capabilities, such as setting timers, receiving notifications, playing music, and more.
  • Here are a few resources to get started: Resource library Technical documentation Sample application that uses Custom Interfaces and step-by-step guides Start prototyping today and be first-to-market in fun and interactive categories that are not yet connected to Alexa.
  • With the Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, you can build companion devices that either enhance Alexa’s capabilities, or create a new interactive experience between the product, Alexa, and the customer.
  • The Alexa Gadgets Toolkit offers self-service APIs and interfaces that expose metadata of Alexa’s capabilities through compatible Echo devices.

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Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera

  • Introduced in mid-2017, the Look was one of the more obscure — and, honestly, kind of bizarre — entries in the Echo line.
  • When we introduced Echo Look three years ago, our goal was to train Alexa to become a style assistant as a novel way to apply AI and machine learning to fashion.
  • With the help of our customers we evolved the service, enabling Alexa to give outfit advice and offer style recommendations.
  • We’ve since moved Style by Alexa features into the Amazon Shopping app and to Alexa-enabled devices making them even more convenient and available to more Amazon customers.
  • For that reason, we have decided it’s time to wind down Echo Look.
  • Customers will still be able to enjoy style advice from Alexa through the Amazon Shopping app and other Alexa-enabled devices.

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New Alexa Skills Training Course: How to Build a Multimodal Skill

  • Enhance Your Voice Experience with New Modalities When you build a multimodal Alexa skill, you combine voice, touch, text, images, animation, audio, and video in a single experience.
  • Course Components The course will introduce the important concepts of multimodal skill design: Why Build Multimodal Alexa Skills Build Your First Visuals with the APL Authoring Tool Modify Your Backend to Add LaunchRequest Visuals Create More Visuals with Less Add Animation and Video Control Wrapping Up & Resources  Each part includes step-by-step instructions so you can easily apply the course material to your skill.
  • More Training Opportunities to Enhance Your Skills Once you have completed the Cake Walk series, continue to learn with these additional training materials: Alexa Design Guide: Learn the principles of situational voice design so that you can create voice-first skills that are natural and customer-centric.

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